On the verge of her twentieth birthday, Vivien’s worries are those of a typical young woman: doing well in college, gaining more independence, and maybe managing to show Brad, her classmate and sometimes jogging partner, that she wouldn’t mind taking their burgeoning relationship to a different level.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye. Vivien stumbles into a knife fight, watches a man die in front of her, and soon listens, stunned, as Brad and his brother Aedan tell her a story of magic, vampires and a murderous ruler intent on killing a princess in hiding – a tale in which she is the princess and heir to a realm she didn’t know existed.
Vivien’s first instinct is to refuse to believe this incredible tale, even if it comes from a man she is attracted to. But when her self-proclaimed bodyguards use magic to take her to a different world, the edges of reality start blurring and Vivien has to figure out who she truly is.
The first book in the QuickSilver Codex is an intriguing fantasy that whisks readers to another realm.
Vivien is a typical young woman on the verge of her twentieth birthday; she’s going to attending college, gaining independence and hoping to take her burgeoning relationship with her classmate Brad to a different level. Now she’s in a different realm, she has bodyguards, learns magic and vampires do exist and the icing on the cake she’s a princess and heir to the throne and has a murderous ruler intent on killing her. What’s a girl to do when all this happen; run and hide or try figure out whom she is really is?
This steady paced story is full of action, suspense, romance and adventure as the author brings this fantasy to life with vivid imagery and strong bewitching characters. The story captures the imagination and keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end and gets them totally caught up in the events that take place.
There is romance between Vivien and Brad but most of this portion of the story focuses on her new situation which the author describes in vibrant detail that has the reader totally empathizing with Vivien’s plight. Vivien captures the heart, but seems a little whiney until she steps forward, but then she had a lot thrown at her at once and I think she will prove to be a force to be reckoned with once she’s on her feet.
Kallysten always produces the best stories and this time is no different. She has created an intriguing and enthralling fantasy that promises a great reading time and I can’t wait to read the next installment of the QuickSilver Codex.
4 STARS 3 FLAMES
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My most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of my life. I have been writing for over fifteen years, and I’ve always enjoyed sharing my stories and listening to the readers’ reactions.
After playing with science fiction, short stories, poetry and fanfiction, I am now trying my hand, heart and words at romance novels and I am very excited to have my stories published as ebooks.
My first novels were published by Linden Bay Romance in 2005. The defunct Venus Press subsequently published a few of my short stories. Because so many of my stories are linked as series and part of the same universe, I decided it would make sense to have them all in the same place, which is why I decided to self-publish, first with Alinar then on my own. When I see calls for submissions that speak to my muse, I sometimes try for them, and was published this way by Samhain (Moonlust) and Torquere(Christmas Magic, The Thirteenth Halloween).
When I’m not writing – which isn’t all that often! – I devour books, work in my vegetables patch or at my real-life job, put small quilts together for friends, and try to exercise more. Where do I sign up for days that are 30 hours long?
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